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Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« on: June 27, 2018, 04:56:16 PM »
Today I paid $55 for an oil and filter change. This seems like a lot? Is this a reasonable amount to pay? Is this something I can/should learn to do for myself? My car uses 0w20 oil. Disclaimer- I know NOTHING about cars. Is this mess-up-able? How much savings are we talking?

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2018, 05:36:00 PM »
you don't say where you are and what currency you're referring to, so I'm guessing the US and US$....That's a reasonable price for Toronto.  Chaning your oil and filter isn't hard, I know how to do it, and did it in my younger days, I choose not to now, don't want to be bothered with ramps and crawling under the car.  And newer cars are a PIA to get the oil filter off, generally it's a tight fit.

If you're not mechanically inclined, and don't want to be, it's an okay price.....you could probably find places cheaper and places more expensive.

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2018, 09:10:43 PM »
It's a common amount to pay but it could/should be less.  Shop around!  In the Southeast I pay half that ($26.95), at an independent repair shop.  A lot of small shops do it cheap, to build the customer relationship.

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2018, 08:36:44 AM »
That price isn't out of line for going to a first come first serve dedicated drive up oil changing shop. However if you look around for shops that are by appointment only, they seem to be quite a bit cheaper.  I suspect the former shops have to charge more to cover the times when their employees aren't busy. At the latter shops, they are working on other repair jobs inbetween oil changes so they don't have that burden.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2018, 09:00:27 AM »
I pay about $40 to have it done at the Honda dealership.  I like to do it there because they also include a pretty good inspection and will let you know what maintenance work or repairs are needed.  Some of what they say is obviously bullshit, but you can do what you want with the information. I have a very able and reasonably priced mechanic that I can then take the car to if any work really needs to be done.

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2018, 10:51:25 AM »
The price will also depend on how many quarts of oil your engine needs. $55 is what I pay for a 0W20 oil change, but my car takes nine quarts of oil.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2018, 11:14:13 AM »
I think $55 is a lot. I can change my own oil (5 qt of 5w20 plus a filter) for less than $30. Doing it yourself is not hard and is one of the easiest jobs you can do on a car. Plus it's fun and manly. It will probably take you a little bit of time the first time you do it, but after that it's a pretty standard operation and you can have the whole thing done in less than 30 minutes. You also have the benefit of a) choosing your own oil and filter, and b) knowing for sure that it's actually done properly. Of course it's mess-up-able, anything is really, but I'd say it's not easy to mess up. Just watch a YouTube video first.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2018, 11:15:48 AM »
I think $55 is a lot. I can change my own oil (5 qt of 5w20 plus a filter) for less than $30. Doing it yourself is not hard and is one of the easiest jobs you can do on a car. Plus it's fun and manly. It will probably take you a little bit of time the first time you do it, but after that it's a pretty standard operation and you can have the whole thing done in less than 30 minutes. You also have the benefit of a) choosing your own oil and filter, and b) knowing for sure that it's actually done properly. Of course it's mess-up-able, anything is really, but I'd say it's not easy to mess up. Just watch a YouTube video first.
What do you do with the used oil?

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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2018, 11:38:04 AM »
I think $55 is a lot. I can change my own oil (5 qt of 5w20 plus a filter) for less than $30. Doing it yourself is not hard and is one of the easiest jobs you can do on a car. Plus it's fun and manly. It will probably take you a little bit of time the first time you do it, but after that it's a pretty standard operation and you can have the whole thing done in less than 30 minutes. You also have the benefit of a) choosing your own oil and filter, and b) knowing for sure that it's actually done properly. Of course it's mess-up-able, anything is really, but I'd say it's not easy to mess up. Just watch a YouTube video first.
What do you do with the used oil?

Put it in the now-empty container that held the new oil and take the container to any auto parts store (including Walmart). They will dispose of it for you for free.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2018, 09:02:16 PM »
All 0w-20 oil is synthetic (which is more expensive), so I don't think that is out of line.  I am mechanically inclined, but I only change the oil myself on one of my vehicles because I am particular about what goes in to that engine.  Others can use conventional oil, so I can get that changed for $19.88 at WalMart, which is hard to beat.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2018, 09:38:49 PM »
My husband goes to the Ford dealership, pickup, and pays $35.

I have never changed oil in my life. When I was 18 or so, Dad told me "it was time you learn to do it yourself, so let's go" He didn't mention anything about the rag, that had a little bit of oil on it, that  SHOULD NEVER BE THROWN ON THE STONE DRIVEWAY.
That rule and  TheHusbnadHalf's NEVER DROP THE LEVEL are 2 rules I will never forget.
I have arranged my life in such a way that I never did, nor ever plan to, change oil, and it's very rare that a level is in my hands, and then it's usually because it's in my way.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2018, 08:33:16 AM »
If it was for synthetic oil, that isn't a bad price. We pay about $35 for an oil change at an independent shop for regular oil or about $75 when we used synthetic. As a mechanic's daughter, I am happy to support our local shop so I don't have to crawl under the car and deal with disposal. Plus, we drive so little that we typically only have to change the oil every 6 months (drive around 6k miles a year).

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2018, 01:11:35 PM »
seems pretty high. Also how many qts/liters does it take?

I can change my subaru which takes OW20 for like under $30 getting everything at Walmart. That is after purchasing a drain pan and car jacks (if needed)

It's a good skill to know how to do. It gave me more confidence to change spark plugs, tire repair and rotaion, and break pad and rotor replacement.

My biggest mess-up changing the oil was I accidentally drained my transmission fluid instead of the oil, causing me to loose about half of my transmission fluid and gain twice the amount of motor oil in my car. After starting it up the engine was shaking decently and a huge cloud of thick white smoke was coming out of the exhaust. It took me a few minutes to investigate and figure out what I did, but I went to the store and refilled my transmission fluid and drained all the oil out and put new oil in.

Moral of the story is I learned more about the workings of my car and I am more confident working on it moving forward!

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2018, 02:36:30 PM »
I pay ~$5-10 for a Wix oil filter and ~$10/quart of good full synthetic oil.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2018, 06:57:37 AM »
Wow, I paid 19.95 for the only oil change I've ever gotten. Did I just get really lucky?

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2018, 07:26:30 AM »
Wow, I paid 19.95 for the only oil change I've ever gotten. Did I just get really lucky?
It probably wasn't with synthetic oil, which the original poster was discussing (0W20 oil is always synthetic). $20 for an oil change is not unusual if the shop is using normal oil.

I was once offered a free oil change by a shop. I turned it down because I wanted to use specific oil in my car.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2018, 07:19:08 AM »
0W-20 is available as a blend and is what I use.  I have not seen it as full conventional yet, but with more cars going to it (for MPG requirements), I expect it will be available soon.  I think I pay about $24 for 0W 20 and another $5 for a filter.  I've got Fumoto valves on all my cars, so I put it up on the lift, turn the valve and let the oil drain while I go get the new oil and filter and a funnel, then shut the valve, move the oil drain roll-around, drop the lift and fill the oil.  Probably 15 minutes for me.

Without a lift, maybe add 10 minutes to jack up the front, set jack stands and then take these down.


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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2018, 02:21:40 PM »
Without a lift, maybe add 10 minutes to jack up the front, set jack stands and then take these down.

@Car Jack -- shouldn't your username be 'Car Lift'?  :D
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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2018, 12:14:30 PM »
Without a lift, maybe add 10 minutes to jack up the front, set jack stands and then take these down.

@Car Jack -- shouldn't your username be 'Car Lift'?  :D

I never thought of that, but it certainly would work. 

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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2018, 03:33:09 PM »
There was a place near me that used to charge $8 for labor (bring your own oil and filter). The location was a self serve car wash (I don't remember if some of the bays still were used as a car wash). At just $8 for labor, even a mechanic friend of mine took his vehicles there instead of doing it himself. I'd recommend pricing the cost of consumables (filter and oil) for your car and deciding if the service is convenient enough to be worth it to you or not.

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Re: Paid $55 for oil and filter change
« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2018, 03:39:17 PM »
Plus, we drive so little that we typically only have to change the oil every 6 months (drive around 6k miles a year).
I change DW's oil annually (she drives around 5K/yr). There is a calendar and a miles component to consider, but most modern engines are quite "easy" on the oil (no washdown with fuel like old, carb'd cars often did).

The "every 3K" is a stroke of marketing genius from the likes of Jiffy Lube, but I don't see any reason to buy into it.

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« Reply #21 on: Today at 07:04:57 AM »
Plus, we drive so little that we typically only have to change the oil every 6 months (drive around 6k miles a year).
I change DW's oil annually (she drives around 5K/yr). There is a calendar and a miles component to consider, but most modern engines are quite "easy" on the oil (no washdown with fuel like old, carb'd cars often did).

The "every 3K" is a stroke of marketing genius from the likes of Jiffy Lube, but I don't see any reason to buy into it.

Yeah, modern engines will go much longer. Especially if you use synthetic oil. If you really want to know how long you can push your specific oil on your specific car then you should be doing oil sample analysis tests (e.g. through Blackstone).